This 90 minute cruise on the St. Laurence River will give you a different perspective of the city as you discover the history of Quebec City, the river and the surroundings.
Setting out from the Chouinard Pier, in the shadow of the Chateau Frontenac, you will motor along the river while your costumed guide points out sites of interest. You will pass Baie de Beauport, popular for canoeing, kayaking, and when the wind is right, sailing, kite surfing, and sailboarding.
You will continue along the river to Montmorency Falls Park where you will see its namesake, the 275 foot tall falls created where the Montmorency River drops over the cliff into the Saint Lawrence River below.
Your cruise will then turn and follow the other bank of the river passing the western end of le d'Orlans, a pastoral island which was one of the first areas to be colonized and is considered the birthplace of francophones in North America.
Next you will pass along the banks of Levis, located across the river from Quebec City. Archeological sites in this area reveal evidence of human occupation (First Nations) for about 10,000 years. In the 1700s, the British laid siege to the city from hills on the Levis side eventually taking the city during the Seven Year War. Today, it is a residential area where 97% of the residents speak French as their mother tongue.
Your cruise then comes full circle, bringing you back to the pier where you began, near Place Royale in the Lower Town,
Your boat is a three-deck 1930s ferry which was turned into an excursion vessel and refurbished in 2011. It can carry 1,000 passengers, and has bilingual guides, full dining facilities, a bar, restrooms and several outside decks.
Reviewer: Stephanie Goertz
Although we just got off a cruise ship to go on a tour on a boat it was well worth it. Our cruise was very late coming into port due to it being Whale season and I called to inform the excursion group and they were very accommodating. The excursion itself was very resourceful and interesting. Beautiful scenery!!! It was great and would recommend it.